It is January 6th, 2008 and I’m still unemployed (which is approximately 67 days longer than I thought I was going to be). I’ve applied for a few more jobs through Monster and Careerbuilder over the last few days, but I have not heard anything either way about any of the jobs. I suppose it is too soon to know if I’ve qualified for any interview with any of them, but more often than not I feel like my resume is sent into some sort of “resume black hole” and never gets looked at. I really wish employers would let you know one way or the other if you get a job/interview or if they find that you are not qualified. It would save my brain’s resources from continually stressing about it or thinking that I have a chance.
I’ve decided to pull Gabby out of daycare entirely. It will save me 67 dollars a week. I’m not poor, I can afford to take her to daycare. It is just a waste of time taking her there for 8am, then driving right back down there for 12 to pick her up 3 days a week. That four hours goes by so quickly, and it sucks fighting the Church traffic on the block her daycare is on and also fighting the downtown traffic twice a day. I’m lazy, and taking her to daycare requires me to get up early. I like to sleep in at least until 8am. Gabby and Owen are back on the waiting list, so hopefully if I do find another job they can get back in quickly.
Rich, the kids and I took a trip up to Hunlock’s Creek to look at this house for sale that *seemed* perfect for our needs. (and $135,000) One of my goals for 2008 is to sell my current house (or possibly rent it out) and move to a bigger house. There is nothing really wrong with this house, except that we’ve outgrown it. We are literally busting at the seems. The house was suitable for maybe 1-3 people at most. 4 people and a dog is a little unmanageable. Here is a picture of the house:
It looks pretty nice, right? Wrong. Looks ARE deceiving. We did a drive by the house earlier today to see if it was half way decent. Yeah, it wasn’t. The realtor website (linked above) said that the house was completely gutted and remodeled from the inside, new windows, new roof, etc. My question is who would put a new roof on their house knowing that it could cave in at any given second? Good question. To say this place looked like “The Money Pit” is the understatement of the year. I can’t imagine if we actually setup a walk thru with a real estate agent. I am pretty sure we would sink through the floorboards. Seeing that a house that shitty can cost $135,000; I think we can sell our dinky house for a cool mil. Any takers? Hey! At least my house internal plumbing (not so sure about the one above, however…) There is another house that we may like that costs a little more…but we’ll see. I don’t want to jinx myself by posting anything yet. Stupid crappy housing market.
It took me about 6 hours to file my unemployment claim online today. At first I thought my DSL was having issues. *Ahem* “HSI” was having issues. After checking all connections and transfers, it appeared to be just the PA Unemployment website I was having issues with. After trying for them umpteenth time, I decided to try and file the claim through their Phone System called “PAT” (haha, it made me think of the SNL character). That didn’t work either. Finally, through some miracle, I was able to get far enough into the website to file my 2 weeks of claims. I never got an email confirmation that stated the claim was processed successfully. I’m stuck in limbo now because I’m unsure if I will get paid this week. I’ll probably wind up calling there tomorrow and finding out if it did go through. What a pain in the ass. I checked with 2 other unemployed ex co-workers and they were having trouble also. Is it too much to ask to post an updated system message to let people know that there are issues going on? Here’s my suggestion.
I went shopping on Saturday at the Wyo Valley Mall to spend my gift cards. It turns out I had 200 dollars in JC Penney gift cards and a 30 dollar general mall gift card. I used the mall gc to buy Gabby and Owen each a new pair of shoes. Hopefully the new shoes will correct the issue of Owen continually kicking off of his shoes when we go out. I used the entire gift card, and had to put 11 dollars of my own money towards it. Not bad. 11 bucks for 2 pairs of name brand toddler shoes. I had every intention of spending the 200 dollars of JC Penney gift cards on myself, but after looking at all of the clothes and shoes that were there, I decided that I really didn’t need any new outfits right now. The shirts I seen all reminded me of something I already own. I ended up buying 4 bath towels all on sale for 7 bucks each, a set of 3 cast iron skillets (on sale also – for 11 bucks), and an 800 count sheet set (180 dollar…eeeek! I know a lot, but it was buy one get one free, so I got a second one for 180 dollars in a different color for free, can’t beat that). Since I put it all on my JC Penney Card, I got an extra 15% off, and put the gift cards towards my purchase. I only technically put 20 dollars towards the purchase. Not bad I say. Retail therapy always makes me feel better. I can’t wait to sleep in those new sheets.
Anyway, I’m getting pretty tired and those sheets are sounding better and better by the nanosecond. I think I rambled enough for one night. God, bed before 11…I’m wimping out. The kids didn’t get a nap today, so I’m worn out…leave me alone!